Within even a short time of moving to California I was receiving e-mails of people planning visits to California and wanted to know where to shop. I have wanted to do a vintage shopping guide for awhile, but I wanted to really get my feet wet before offering one up. And now with over two years under my belt, I feel like I can. The greater Los Angeles area, and Orange County area have many different areas that you can visit to find antiques and vintage clothing, so I plan to do several posts like this covering each area. Today I’ll kick it off with the town I call home, Orange.
You can easily spend an entire day shopping in Orange’s “Old Towne”, also known as “The Circle”, and today I share with you the shops I frequent the most. So it is important to note that not every antique mall and vintage shop is listed here.
Antique Depot – Antique Depot is a very mixed bag, but I have found some gems here, and there is a lot to offer with regards to home goods, ceramics, a fair bit of furniture, and jewelry, but nothing in the way of clothing. Like most antique malls, prices vary due to the store being made up of many different dealers. 155 S Glassell St.
Antique Station – Antique Station is like many antique malls, a mixed bag of real vintage and antiques and newer stuff, but I almost always find something here! There are housewares, linens, records, jewelry, Disney items, but with only a handful of spaces that have clothing. 178 S Glassell St.
Country Roads Antiques – Country Roads is perhaps the most “shabby chic” of all of the antique malls in Orange, and has a lot of white washed furniture, and created stuff, but it also has a lot of amazing items! Housewares abound, as well as some clothing, accessories, and jewelry. There is also a garden section in case you need some times for your lawn or patio. I rarely walk out empty-handed here. 204 W Chapman Ave.
Elsewhere Vintage – Elsewhere is my go-to place when I have an occasion coming up and need a new frock. They have garments from the turn-of-the-century to groovy 70s duds, and everything in between, including amazing 20s garments. They also have a spectacular selection of jewelry (including loads of bakelite) and stellar hats and purses. All of their inventory is in amazing condition, and their prices reflect that. 105 W Chapman Ave.
Orange Circle Antique Mall – Orange Circle Antique Mall is massive, and has loads to offer. There is jewelry (including lots of great vintage costume jewelry, as well as sterling), vintage clothing, loads of housewares, and lots of Disney related collectables. There is also a booth that sells vintage Christmas decor year round! 118 S Glassell St.
Joyride: Vintage for Men – Joyride is the companion story to Elsewhere, and located just next door. Where Elsewhere specializes in women’s fashion, Joyride specializes in menswear, and what gorgeous offerings they have! Hats, suits, and ties, and more. It has some of the best vintage menswear I have ever seen. 109 W Chapman Ave.
Please note, it will be very beneficial to double check Facebook and Yelp pages for hours prior to visits. Additionally, any shop that is an “antique mall” is made up of many different vendors who pay monthly rent, plus a commission to sell their wares within the antique mall. This means that large areas of the store can change wildly within a short time period if someone moves out and someone else moves in.
If you are a fan of the movie That Thing You Do! then I recommend checking out my filming location guide for Old Towne Orange here.